Records of McLennan & Urquhart Ltd, brewers, Dalkeith, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Corporate records, 1909–1963;
  • Shareholding records, 1943–1954;
  • Financial records, 1944–1963;
  • Production records, 1956–1961;
  • Sales records, 1957–1959;
  • Staff records, 1949–1959;
  • Licensed premises records, 1952–1959;
  • Property records, 1925–1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

James McLennan and William Urquhart were operating the Dalkeith Brewery , Dalkeith, Scotland , from at least 1867  . McLennan & Urquhart Ltd was registered in 1909  as a limited liability company to acquire the business of the same name. A bottling plant was opened in 1921  and the company took over William Burnett , bottlers, Burntisland, Fife, Scotland , in 1932  and David Cameron Ltd , brewers, Laurencekirk, Grampian, Scotland , in 1945  . It was acquired by John Aitchison & Co Ltd , brewers, Edinburgh, Scotland , in December 1955  . Brewing continued until 1958  when all beer production transferred to Edinburgh although bottling did not cease until 1961  .


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Tennent Caledonian Breweries Ltd.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

The collection was previously stored with the rest of the Scottish Brewing Archive at Heriot-Watt University. It moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.


None expected.

Related Material

GB 0248 JA: Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd; GB 0248 ARTEFACTS: Scottish Brewing Archive Artefacts Collection; GB 0234: Records of John Aitchison & Co Ltd, brewers, Edinburgh (National Archives of Scotland).

Location of Originals

This material is original


Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison (eds), The Brewing Industry. A Guide to Historical Records , (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990); The Group History. Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd , (Edinburgh: Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd, c1970s).

McMaster, Charles and Rutherford, Tom, The Tennent Caledonian Breweries , (1985).

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Natalie Milne, Archives Assistant (Hub), 29 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 21 March 2012. Catalogue edited by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 18 April 2002.

Geographical Names